My musings on the mainstream media and culture.

Archive for the tag “social media” Are We Moving Towards “Rank a Human Being” Websites?

Sadistic entrepreneurial idea of the day:

Here’s how it would work. would be just like anonymous teacher evaluation websites like Rate My, or anonymous doctor evaluation websites like  These websites allow students and patients to post feedback about professors and doctors, presumably to help others make a better informed decision about what political science class or orthopedic surgeon to avoid.

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Occupy Why Review Bombings are Restoring My Faith in Politics

Review bombings. That’s when a group of everyday people write satirical reviews for a product, often on  The fake reviews catch on, and pretty soon, some products have thousands of satirical reviews.

In the age of social media, this is a new form of intercepting the public space. These days, some of us are occupying Wall Street. Others of us are occupying

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“Pray for Me on Facebook”: An Agnostic’s Dilemma

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Interpersonal relations on Facebook fascinate me.  We’ve had to develop a whole new set of rules and etiquette for relating to one another. Here’s one Facebook etiquette question that I don’t know how best to handle.

As an agnostic, what do I do when a Facebook friend asks me to pray for them?

Granted, the friend in question is not specifically asking for my prayers.  This is usually part of a Facebook status, such as, “Please pray for my xxx.  He’s in the hospital with xxx.”  Usually, the prayers are being asked for something truly upsetting—someone’s hurt, someone’s dying, someone’s getting divorced, someone lost a job.

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